Towards a fully realized smartphone VANET system
LE3 .A278 2023
Master of Science
Vehicle Ad-hoc NETworking (VANET) is a highly active field of research with hundreds of publications yearly and interest from major industry and government organizations. VANET technology has the potential to stop roadway accidents and save lives. However, despite the interest and benefits of this technology it has yet to be deployed in the real world. This is largely due to the prohibitive cost of retrofitting millions of vehicles with VANET hardware. In order to solve this problem of adoption, lower cost alternatives to custom hardware must be found. The ubiquitous smartphone is a potential alternative. However, the smartphone is not as powerful as dedicated VANET hardware, and thus simulation and research must be done to determine its feasibility. This thesis presents and develops the idea of the smartphone VANET in full as a solution to the hardware adoption problem in VANETs. It considers the advantages and drawbacks of a fully smartphone based VANET system over a traditional VANET. The SVANET idea is thought through and tested from all angles in order to assess the practicality and feasibility of the idea, with special concern to the technological weaknesses of the smartphone as a platform. Having explored the concept of the SVANET fully, a suite of applications is developed specifically for the SVANET. The proposed system is implemented in a simulation setting and tested. Using specially designed simulations to provide for maximum realism, we conclusively show the feasibility of the system and its ability to improve road safety across multiple situations. Finally, we offer a conclusion and explore future research directions for this topic. By presenting a conclusive study of the SVANET concept, this thesis aims to fully understand if the SVANET can be a suitable replacement for the traditional VANET.
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